Can We Know What We Can’t Show?

We can almost hear the protests of those who claim that no one can know God or who support a story about a big bang or the many stories of evolutionism. They may accuse us of not understanding science. They may say that science is the one area that’s exempt from showing or proving its points. However, they have lost the distinction between observation and stories about the past. They rely on a wide variety of fallacies to make their case, but underlying all these fallacies is a firm commitment to a belief that the human mind can generate truth without the benefit of either observation or divine revelation. Beyond that, they believe that their particular self-generated “truth” is true while anything that conflicts with their belief is false.

The well-known atheist, Aron Ra,  said, “If you can’t show it, then you don’t know it.”

In this, he committed many fallacies. Most obviously, if that statement were true, it proves too much. In other words, it proves things that Aron didn’t intend to prove. Show me molecules turning into people over millions of years. Show me a big bang in which nothing or some unknown something turns into the universe we now see. Let me watch that happen. If you can’t show it, then you don’t know it.

We could rationally say, “If you don’t have a way that we can all repeatedly test it and observe it, then you don’t know it scientifically. And if God hasn’t revealed it in a way that we can all receive that same revelation (e.g., Him speaking through the Bible), then you don’t know it spiritually.” That might be closer to a rational statement. Someone may be able to improve on that, but it seems pretty close to right.

Aron’s statement is also an argument from ignorance fallacy. It says, “Whatever you can’t show me, you don’t know.” However, we all know things that we can’t show anyone else. Do you have pain? If you can’t prove that to me, then you don’t have pain. Have you lost your sense of taste? Unless you can show it, you still have your sense of taste. You’re ability to show me something has no impact on what you know. You should be able to explain how you know what you know. For instance, you might say, “I know I have pain because I can feel it.” I can say that I’m sorry to hear about it, but I can’t really feel your pain.

We find that skeptics are selective in their skepticism. They tend to be skeptical about God, creation, and the Genesis Flood but certain of things like evolutionism, big bang theory, abiogenesis, relativism, and post-modernism.

Aron implies that he doesn’t know that God exists. But he can’t show it. So, according to his own logic, Aron does know that God exists unless he can prove that to me. Well, at least he can’t know that he doesn’t know of the existence of God. God says he knows. If he can’t prove to me that he doesn’t know, then he doesn’t know that he doesn’t know. To be consistent, he would have to say, “I can’t show my lack of knowledge of God, so I might know that God exists.” He claims to be certain that he doesn’t know God exists, but he can have no such certainty. He might know but be hiding it from his consciousness. Well, that’s pretty close to what God says. He says that every person knows and that some people suppress this truth in their unrighteousness.

Not only that, Aron’s statement is a mind-reading fallacy. Aron is telling us what we know or don’t know. He’s claiming to know all about the spiritual experience of every person who has ever lived. Unless we can show Him that we know Jesus Christ and have that personal relationship with Christ, we aren’t having that relationship with Christ. That’s his claim and a common claim of those who resist Christ.

So how are these two situations different. On the one side, God is saying that He knows what’s in the mind of every person. God is saying that all atheists know that God exists and that God has revealed a lot about Himself to them. On the other side, Aron is saying that he knows what’s in the mind of every Christian. Aron is saying that no Christian knows that God exists and that no Christian knows anything about God. How are those two claims different?

One is a claim that God makes. The other is a claim that a human being makes. Of course, Aron presupposes no all-powerful, all-knowing God, so he would say that a non-existent God cannot possibly reveal anything. However, that’s a claim he bases on made-up stuff. And yet, he would say that his made-up stuff is real since he’s convinced of it. And the argument can go on forever.

The only way to know that any interpretation of any observation is true is by divine revelation. Jesus Christ is real. He’s not a theory or a pipe dream. He hasn’t wandered off somewhere. As Paul stated, He’s not far from any one of us. He’s very close to Aron. He’s at hand. He leads, teaches, and corrects each of us who follows Him. We’re learning to discern His voice from all others and to respond in submission.

Not only so, but Aron doesn’t have to accept anyone’s word for this. Aron can test this. Anyone can test this. Whoever seeks Christ finds Christ. Whoever is on the side of truth finds Christ. Whoever sincerely wants to know about reality finds Christ. Christ knows the innermost mind of every person. He knows who is sincere and who is insincere.

 


If you desire the truth, The Reason Collection is for you. At the intersection of faith and reason is a place called sanity. As we focus on this intersection, we realize that we can’t separate reason and rational thought from faith.

The Reason Collection will . . .

  • Demolish the lies of ungodly thinkers.
  • Show how rational thought is impossible without faith.
  • Explain how we can know without question that the Bible is true and without error.
  • Reveal how we can know that no personal revelation will ever conflict with the Bible even though divine revelation may correct our interpretations of the Bible.
  • Dissolve doubts and establish the truth on the only firm Foundation, Jesus Christ.
  • Answer the questions and objections of those who are hostile to Christ.
  • Teach how to discern between truth and error.
  • Understand how to sort through the many voices claiming authority.

This collection is a deep dive rather than a superficial explanation. It doesn’t create a stalemate where neither ungodly thinkers nor Christians can prove their points. Rather, it explains how to prove the truth of Christ and the Bible with absolute certainty, and it leaves the ungodly thinker with bare claims and fallacies.

The Reason Collection will consist of six books because of the technical limitations of print-on-demand. It started as four books, but one became two and then three.

 

Three books focus on our rational thought journey as followers of Christ. One book focuses on the logic of the Nye-Ham Debate. Two books are reference texts you’ll want to keep on hand. We’re currently rendering these books into ebooks. Petros has no definite plan for a date to publish the print versions. Petros has graciously given Real Reality permission to distribute the ebooks free. An audiobook will follow if God’s grace allows. We’ll allow a little time for advance reading copies before the ebooks will be available free to the general public.

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Virtual Reality is Fake Reality

Everyone has a paradigm or worldview, an inner concept of the world that acts as a virtual (fake)reality. We can choose to pretend this fake reality is real or turn to Christ and see the vision or truth that He gives to all who call on Him. If we try to go beyond what He reveals, we must depend on made-up stuff.

The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light. People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done. John 3 19-20

RealReality.org deals with the problem of the unproven premise. Sound reasoning requires a true premise. The human mind, without divine revelation, has no path to a true premise.

On the other hand, Christ leads, teaches, and corrects all who follow Him, which provides true premises for our thinking. However, we often fail to listen and respond in submission to His truth. Any failure to listen and respond in submission to His truth results in the irrationality of unsound reasoning. Most people don’t like to think about how they think their thoughts. They don’t like to face the reality that they just base their thoughts on made-up stuff and that any such reasoning is unsound.

The Reason Collection is being edited for format now. It will be available in two volumes in hardcover.

In addition, it will be available as an ebook.

The first book in series will be available in audiobook format.

All of this may be available before the end of 2018.

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The Anger Problem

Proverbs 22:24-25 “Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself.”

Some people don’t belong in our lives. We don’t seek communion with Satan. God will guide us to minister where He is opening the door for ministry. He will lead us away from ungodly counsel and fake information pushers to those who speak by His Spirit. We must desire this and ask Him for this leading.

We see a concerted and organized effort to destroy the basics of God’s orders. It’s going to the point of complete insanity being taught in schools and on news services. We know that Satan is the one setting all this in disorder, but he’s using people in a loosely-knit unity-in-diversity, new age networking system. We see the ever-expanding “sexual revolution” (the sin of Balaam), drugs, stealth occultism, the big-bang-billions-of-years-no-Flood-molecules-to-humanity story, coercion against truth using powerful governmental forces, political correctness as a way of message control. They control every form of communication to the point of censoring Christians on social media. There’s much more to the rapid changes we’re seeing in the world, but these few methods show the types of methods that are causing the changes. These methods seem to focus on destroying connection with Christ through the Bible, the Church, and the home. These seek to destroy faith, the faith that comes by hearing the utterance of God.

Atheists and other ungodly thinkers also love to bait us and try to make us angry. I’m talking about the trolling discussion groups like the fake Kent Hovind groups or the fake Creationism group. I’m talking about trolls who pop into our conversations uninvited. They come with personal insults in hopes of making us angry. They know that when people get angry, anger makes them less intelligent. Angry people say stupid things. If they can get us to say something stupid, that’s a huge victory in trying to justify their foolishness in denying God while God is revealing Himself to them through our testimony. Don’t fall for it. Better to block trolls early rather than giving them a platform.

Proverbs 9:8 “Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.”

Psalm 1 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does. Not so the wicked! For they are like chaff driven off by the wind. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD guards the path of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

 

 

 

 

The publisher has finished proofreading and is now working on formatting. After formatting the ebook, many of the internal links will be broken. Once those are repaired, the reason collection will go out to selected people as an advance reading copy (ARC). If you would like to have an early copy, I would welcome your feedback. Send me a friend request on Facebook: @PetrosScientiaAuthor.

God bless!

Petros

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